When I had my recurrence in December of 2005, my PSA made it’s way to 87.7 and I had a PSA doubling time of 4.2 months. Hormone deprivation therapy (ADT) caused the PSA to “drop like a rock” and within six to eight weeks my PSA was happily <0.04 (undetectable). Things could not have progressed any better. After ten months, because of the very harsh side effects I experienced, which I have already described in this blog, I elected, against medical advice, to stop the hormone treatment, to go intermittent. When I decided to stop the treatment I anticipated having nine to ten months before I would have to go back and again start ADT. Needless to say I was not happy with that possibility of having to return to ADT, but I had decided that I would “bite the bullet” and recommence ADT at the appropriate time. Since stopping the therapy I have managed to stay off the drugs for 32 months and I am still counting, an unexpected long period of time. As of my last PSA test my level is still only at 0.40 (as of July 1, 2009). I celebrate this low number. My doubling time is about 5.36 months, longer than the doubling time of 4.2 months I experienced at the time of the recurrence. I often think about why the doubling time has gotten so longer (a 25% chage). The bottom line is that I don’t know and will never know. But I am willing to share what I have done with diet and supplements, my only currently active treatment. I have no way to know if this is the reason I have experienced a slowing down of the PSA velocity, but it is the only things I can think might have contributed to the situation. 1- Maybe having been on ADT for nine months managed to kill off the more aggressive cancer cells, leaving behind only the less aggressive cells which just grow at a slower rate. 2- I continue to take anti-inflammatory medications for an arthritic condition, but I was also taking these drugs at the time of the recurrence. These drugs include; s